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social security

noun

: a program in which the government provides money to people who are unable to work because they are old, disabled, or unemployed

: a program in the U.S. that requires workers to make regular payments to a government fund which is used to make payments to people who are unable to work because they are old, disabled, or retired

: money that is paid out through a social security program

Full Definition of SOCIAL SECURITY

1
:  the principle or practice or a program of public provision (as through social insurance or assistance) for the economic security and social welfare of the individual and his or her family; especially capitalized both Ss :  a United States government program established in 1935 to include old-age and survivors insurance, contributions to state unemployment insurance, and old-age assistance
2
:  money paid out through a social security program <began collecting social security>
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Examples of SOCIAL SECURITY

  1. She is living on social security.
  2. He began collecting Social Security checks.

First Known Use of SOCIAL SECURITY

1908

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